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Carbon storage in mountainous streams

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2015
Riparian carbon storage represent a previously undocumented but important carbon sink. Findings show that low-gradient, broad valley bottoms with old-growth forest or active beaver colonies store the majority of carbon along mountainous streams.

Carbon pools along headwater streams with differing valley geometry in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (Abstract)

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2012
Headwaters are known to be important in the global carbon cycle, yet few studies have investigated carbon (C) pools along stream-riparian corridors. To better understand the spatial distribution of C storage in headwater fluvial networks, we estimated above- and below-ground C pools in 100-m-long reaches in six different valley types in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.